All posts tagged: autumn

1981 Ramen Bar

When I heard that Lowell was getting our very own Ramen place I was ecstatic. Literally. I immediately followed them on Instagram, Facebook & Twitter waiting for every single update. Once they opened for a test kitchen run I wasn’t able to make it but then their grand opening was a few days ago and after an incredible event at Humanity Lowell which is right across the street, me and the hubs decided to check out 1981 Ramen Bar. Can I just say…wow! It was everything I expected it to be and more. It was also slightly nostalgic because I remember coming to Mambo Grill often which is what used to be here and to that point, they had a wonderful portrait of the old spot up on a shelf next to the bar. Great homage guys! They have this great Menu with wonderful flavors pulling ideas from different backgrounds not just Asian. I love this about them. The service was great and I can’t wait until I get to go again, another great restaurant to …

Humanity Style-Beauty Boutique-Lowell, MA

Tonight I had the pleasure of being part of a very fun event at Humanity Style in Downtown Lowell, MA.  Raffles, giveaways, fun samples from Elaine our very own Mary Kay Consultant and free champagne! Ani, the owner of Humanity keeps inspiring us women to relish our femininity with the clothes she brings into her shop. From floral, flirty pieces to tomboyish button ups and hats she has it all. If you are looking for some chunky statement necklaces or dainty bracelets to grace your wrist she is the person to check in with. Located right on Merrimack Street in Downtown Lowell she is near all the hustle and bustle that we call home. Also present tonight was Elaine, a Mary Kay Consultant who had a wonderful display up and was giving away fun pampering, makeup samples and lotion samples. She makes a wonderful impression and was so quick to help and give advice. I always love the chance to showcase local business and tonight was no exception, with her bubbly and outgoing personality Ani …

Spiced Baked Shrimp

For many years I have worked/work with an Indian family,helping them out with their kids and around the house. Over the course of all these years I was introduced to Authentic Bengali cuisine and fell immediately in love. Her and her mom make the most outstanding food and are constantly incorporating the spices I used in this Shrimp dish in many of their homemade authentic dishes. My favorites in that house are Paneer, Rajma, Dal & Coriander Chutney (this isn’t a dish but it is the most amazing thing ever) 🙂 Each time I use spices such as Coriander, Curry & Turmeric I am reminded of these dishes and I feel a slight homage is paid to their wonderfully authentic cooking. Soon I hope to write a blog post of my experience making several Bengali dishes on my own for the first time and hope you all enjoy them as much as I have. To me Indian food is all about the Aroma, the depth of flavor and the senses that come upon you when …

Fall in Love with Breakfast

I love breakfast, and I love reading about what people eat for breakfast in different places. I like to experiment with different flavors and breakfast gives me the opportunity to do this. I came up with three separate recipes that incorporate good, clean healthy eating with the flavors of Fall and give you the opportunity to mix and match how you see fit. One of these recipes is half dessert/ half breakfast and the only one with any type of sugar. I hope you enjoy these and share 🙂 Spiced French Toast I was going for a healthier version of french toast, so feel free to add sugar  and vanilla if you would like. 4 Slices of Whole Grain Bread 1 Egg 1 Tsp Pumpkin Spice 1 Cup Almond Milk Instructions: Beat the one egg, milk and pumpkin spice together. Over a medium high skillet fry each side of the french toast until browned. Enjoy with a drizzle of honey or jam. Overnight Pumpkin Spice Oats I have made overnight oats before and posted a …

Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Cake w/ Chocolate Buttercream Frosting

Boy, do I have stories to tell you about my first foray into making this wonderfully decadent, moist Chocolate Cake. I decided I wanted to make one,so I browsed for recipes but ended up using the one on the back of this Trader Joe’s Cocoa container, adding my own touches so it would be my own and boy was it ever. The recipe said to add everything together in the electric mixer, so I listened and put everything in it, instead of putting all the dry stuff on the bottom and the wet on the top I just put whatever I picked up first into the bowl…needless to say a cloud of cocoa powder filled my quite small but comfortably quaint kitchen, it was in the vents, in my hair, on my face,on the floor, and on the stove. Literally a chocolate haze, but I kept on scarping the bowl getting the batter to get smooth. Then I put the mixer on high to get all those ingredients finally put together, and I didn’t lock …

Pumpkin Mac & Cheese

When I decided to try this I wanted to be able to eat some baked cheesy goodness while also being conscious of eating clean, (to a degree)  🙂 Obviously the butter,  and cheeses add fat, but with the whole grain pasta, whole wheat bread crumbs, and non-fat milk it steps the game up just a bit while taking away none of the wonderful taste. Venture into this world of a different Mac & Cheese and enjoy the cheesy, gooey goodness. Pumpkin Mac & Cheese 1/2 Cup Ian’s Panko Whole Wheat Breadcrumbs 1 Tsp Cumin Black Pepper Sea Salt 2 1/2  Cups of Milk 1/4 Cup Butter 2 Tbs Butter 1/2 Cup Shredded Fontina Cheese 2 Cups Shredded Sharp Cheddar Cheese 2 1/2 Tbs All Purpose Flour Paprika 1/2 Pound Whole Grain or Brown Rice Pasta (Any will do) 2 Heaping Tbs of Organic Pumpkin Instructions: Preheat oven to 350 Boil pasta according to instructions in salted water. Drain and set aside Take 1/2 Cup of Bread Crumbs and toast with 2 Tbs of Butter over medium …

Evviva Cucina-Greater Merrimack Valley Restaurant Showcase Week

Yesterday kicked off the Greater Merrimack Valley Restaurant Showcase Week happening from October 4th to October 18th. To start it off I decided I would pick Evviva Cucina as my first restaurant and this was also one of the first Menus I highlighted when I began blogging about this great event.    My first impression of the restaurant was a warm and inviting one. I made a reservation about two hours before and when we arrived we were quickly ushered in and seated. The manager made her way over to say hello and welcome us to the restaurant. Perfect first impression! I knew what I wanted from having been looking over the Menus for two weeks 🙂 so there was no delay on that part. Below I’ll list what I ordered and my impressions of each and I have also included a picture of what everyone else in my party ordered. First Course – Polpette House made Meatballs, Marinara, Hand Dipped Ricotta & Fresh Basil Two Meatballs came in this Appetizer, they were very large, …

Falling for Squash

Squash is pretty straight forward right? Something we eat during the fall and  Thanksgiving or Christmas. I think it can be eaten all the time in a myriad of ways. I think it is a super versatile vegetable and there are so many varieties. I went to Trader Joe’s the other day and picked up a couple varieties. One the Butternut Squash that everyone is familiar with and is sweet and buttery. The other one a variety I had never heard of “Kabocha”,it is circular,almost flat and quite interesting looking. With squash I always like to roast,I feel it brings out some of the best flavors and it’s very easy. I did notice the Kabocha was very difficult to cut so I had to come up with a different method of getting it cooked properly. I hope you try these recipes out and let me know what other squash varieties you like and how! ? Roasted Butternut Squash & Kabocha Squash 1 Butternut Squash cut lengthwise Olive oil for drizzling 2 Dashes of each Coriander, …

For the Love of Coffee

One of my favorite scents for candles is “Espresso”. I love the smell of freshly roasted coffee, the drip drip as it brews. I love all things coffee and I’m willing to try almost any flavor combination. I used to be a Starbucks junkie, not proud of it but I was I then shifted to all things local because I believe in the importance of supporting small businesses. In Lowell and the surrounding cities there are so many small coffee shops, and they are good;really good. Thus my decision for writing a blog post all about coffee. Yesterday was National Coffee Day and for one day everyone shared their Coffee pictures and selfies and I wanted to take all my coffee experiences and tell you which ones I think are some of the best. Believe me, I drink Coffee a lot. Even in the summer when everyone wants an Iced something I love a wonderfully made hot Latte. 🙂 Favorites: Brew’d Awakening Coffeehaus – Caramel Sauce Latte & Nutter Butter Latte Coffee & Cotton – …

Pumpkin Daze

I think I can say after this post that I am obsessed with Pumpkin. Real, flavorful pumpkin, not flavoring, not artificial. I always look for Organic Pumpkin so that there are no added ingredients. I want me desserts to be as pure and as flavorful as possible. The Pumpkin Spice Latte is one of my favorite drinks, and now that I am hearing real pumpkin has been added in I am very much enthused about getting the drink this season. I also am baking up a storm because I bought two new gadgets, a stand mixer from Hamilton Beach and a beautiful cake stand from Target. It was worth the investment, whipping up cream cheese frosting never works as well when you do it by hand and honestly at this rate one arm muscle was going to be bigger than the other 🙂 . Also having a cake stand to display my creations was finally a necessity as I am making so many different things now and posting on my blog every other day or …